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Want a national day? Check a website in North Dakota
NEW YORK (AP) -- To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spareribs Day....

Myanmar fisherman goes home after 22 years as a slave
TUAL, Indonesia (AP) -- All he did was ask to go home....

US manufacturing growth improves in June; hiring jumps
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. manufacturing growth improved in June, helped by a jump in employment....

SUVs, muscle cars help auto industry maintain momentum
DETROIT (AP) -- Americans again bought vehicles that sit up high and come loaded with features like backup cameras and smartphone capabilities in June. Horsepower was also in; gas-sipping not so much....

US stocks gain as Greece appears to be willing to negotiate
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks rallied Wednesday on hopes that a deal between Greece and its creditors could be put together to prevent the country from exiting the euro. In deal news, Chubb Corp. surged after agreeing to be acquired by rival insurance company Ace Ltd. Investors also got some encouraging news on hiring and manufacturing a day before the government's monthly jobs report....

The Latest: European stocks spike on Greek deal hopes
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- The latest news on Greece's financial woes (all times local):...

Greece proceeds with vote plan as creditors rebuff overture
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Greece's government pressed ahead Wednesday with its plan to put austerity measures to voters after European creditors rebuffed its latest proposal for a new aid program. But finance ministers were still discussing the country's situation and nothing seemed set in stone....

Tractor-trailer hitches could be faulty, 6,000 may be in use
BATAVIA, Ohio (AP) -- On a twisty, snow-lined hill that the locals call "Devil's Backbone," a 12-ton semi-trailer came loose from its tractor and plowed into an oncoming line of pre-dawn commuters....

Macy's dumps Trump, Flo Rida pulls out of Miss USA pageant
NEW YORK (AP) -- Rapper Flo Rida has pulled out of his guest appearance at the "Miss USA" pageant later this month and Macy's has dumped Donald Trump, part of the continued fallout over the GOP hopeful's remarks about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement....

Pension pinch: Elderly Greeks stand on line to get cash
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- Don't mention the golden years to Michaelis Kotaras. Not after the 78-year-old got up early Wednesday to stand in line, twice, outside the National Bank of Greece for the privilege of going inside to withdraw 120 euros ($134,) less than a quarter of his monthly pension....

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